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    Bolts coach left to rue disparity on free throws

    Feb 14, 2013

    RYAN Gregorio couldn't hide his disgust over the way officiating went in Meralco's 81-85 loss to Alaska on Wednesday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Gregorio felt the Bolts didn't get the respect from game officials as they hardly got calls even though they kept attacking the basket.

    “We are a very aggressive team that doesn't settle for outside jumpers. We attack the basket and get hit but sadly no call (from the referees),” Gregorio lamented to

    The youthful Meralco mentor said post-game stats revealed how one-sided the calls were, with the Aces being given 45 free throws and converting 32 of them.

    The Bolts only got less than half of that at 21.

    “I cannot fathom how huge the free-throw disparity was. They (Aces) went to the line 45 times while we were only given 21. They made 32 while we made 16. Unbelievable frequency and you cannot defend that,” added Gregorio, whose team dropped to an even 1-1 card following the loss.

    He also noted how Meralco's hard-working rookie Cliff Hodge, who had been at the receiving end of several physical plays resulting in the forward getting knocked down a lot of times, “didn't get the same benefit as other hard-working players got.”

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